Sir Ben Ainslie rescued after yacht problems on Caribbean honeymoon
Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie had to be rescued during his honeymoon in the Caribbean after his yacht Rita experienced mechanical problems.
Ainslie and his new wife Georgie Thompson had been sailing past Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island when the furling system broke on the main sail.
Ainslie put out a call for help and was assisted by three of Branson's watersports team. They found the sail twisted and unable to go up, down, in or out.
Sir Richard Branson on the scene
Writing on his Virgin blog, Branson said: "The only way to avoid going onto the reefs was for Marco to go to the top to cut the sail to pieces, whilst George and Ben were winching Marco up and down and Georgie helping in the boat.
"Together, the team helped to stop the boat from wrecking on the Moskito reef. With no harm done, Ben was able to see the funny side - after all, stranger things have happened at sea."
The newlyweds stayed on Necker Island for a few days before returning to the UK where Ainslie is making an appearance at the London Boat Show today (Wednesday 14th January).
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